updated 11:35 am EDT, Thu March 15, 2007
LG Blu-Ray HD DVD for PCs
LG is planning the first computer drive ever to support both Blu-Ray and HD DVD discs, according to leaked information for its CeBIT appearance. The GGW-H10N will be a computer equivalent to the BH100 Super Multi Blue player for TVs that should allow playback of either next-generation disc format. Unlike the movie-oriented BH100, however, it should also permit high-speed recording. While HD DVD will be read-only, the drive can write 25GB Blu-Ray media at 4X and complete a burn in 24 minutes. 50GB discs will write at 3.5X and the legacy DVD and CD formats will be written at up to 10X and 32X speeds respectively.
Pricing is likely to match the movie-only Super Multi Blue at $1,200, exchanging the TV-friendly design for its writing abilities. The GGW-H10N will be available to computer builders in May and should arrive in production systems soon afterwards. [via Digital Trends]